Should I Draw from Life or Photographs?

I believe and I am sure most art teachers will tell you that drawing from life is always better than drawing and painting from photographs.  I think particularly if you are learning to draw then drawing from life is essential.

Of course there is nothing wrong with drawing and painting from photographs and while working on illustration commissions I have in the past used many references from photographs an images.  Sometimes it isn’t possible to observe the subject in life.

Sometimes using photographs is necessary

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Common Pitfalls for Beginner Artists

So you have decided to take up drawing and painting, you have got the kit but what now?  Time to get started! Here are a few pitfalls I see over and over again that you might want to consider if you are starting out:

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